The NM Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
We, clergy and religious leaders from across New Mexico, in accordance with our moral convictions and our personal faith, support a woman’s ability to access a full range of reproductive health services, including abortion.
As leaders of various faith communities, we have lived and ministered closely with thousands of women and their families. Many of these women find themselves faced with the decision to have an abortion, and one in three will decide to end a pregnancy at some point in their lives.
These women are our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends and our peers. As people of faith and as New Mexicans, we believe in loving our neighbors, and treating one another as we would like to be treated—with dignity and respect. This means recognizing that the decision to have an abortion is deeply personal and should be left to a woman, her family, and her doctor, in consultation with her faith.
We live in an era where abortion is discussed at length both in the media and in our communities. Regardless of how we feel about abortion personally, we know that this is a complex and deeply personal decision. The decision to have an abortion is not something that should be restricted by elected officials. Every family and every pregnancy is different and a woman should feel confident that if she decides to seek an abortion she should be able to turn to a member of the clergy or religious leader who will provide compassionate and nonjudgmental support.
We recognize that there are a diversity of views in the faith community. Indeed, not everyone in our own congregations or denominations agrees on this complex issue. But as leaders, we feel called to declare our support for a woman’s ability to access abortion and other reproductive healthcare services as a basic issue of health and safety for women and their families.
Our religious principles are grounded in a love and acceptance of all people, and we believe deeply that means ending the shame and stigma associated with abortion and increasing access for all women to a full range of reproductive healthcare options.
New Mexico has a long history of valuing and protecting the dignity of all women. It is time to end all attempts to interfere in a woman’s deeply private medical decisions about abortion and leave them in the capable hands of a woman, her family and her doctor, in consultation with her faith.
Please note: The congregations and/or organizations listed below are for identification purposes only. These signatures represent the position of the individual clergy and religious leaders who have signed on in support.
Rev James M Collie, HR, Presbytery of Santa Fe, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Sue Joiner, United Church of Christ, Albuquerque
Rabbi Shefa Gold, Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice, Jemez Springs
Rev. Gary Kowalski, Co-Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Taos
Rev. Doug Inhofe, Co-Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Taos
Rev. Tyler Connoley, Pastor, Silver City UCC, Silver City
Rabbi Arthur Flicker, Congregation B’Nai Israel, Albuquerque
Rev. Sharon Littrell Ph.d, Pastor, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Rio Rancho
Rev. Antonio (Tony) Aja, D.Min., Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Santa Fe
Rev. Dale Arnink, Minister Emeritus, Unitarian Universalist Church, Los Alamos
Rev’d Canon Thomas Lowe, St. John’s Episcopal, Alamogordo
Rev. Theodore Cooley, Disciples of Christ, retired, Albuquerque
Rev. Harry Eberts, First Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe
Rev. Angela Herrera, First Unitarian Church, Albuquerque
Sara Koplick, Director, Hillel, University of New Mexico
Rev. Liz McMaster, Unitarian Universalist, retired, Albuquerque
Rev. Milton Propp, United Methodist Church, retired, Albuquerque
Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld, Congregation Albert, Albuquerque
Rev. Karen Hill, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Albuquerque
Rev. Dr. Nancy Hitt, Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation, Rio Rancho
Rev. William E. Hershey (ECLA-Ret.)
Rev. Kristi Koppel, Our Savior Lutheran Church (ELCA), Alamogordo
The Rev. Dr. M. Lee Albertson, United Church of Christ, Retired, Albuquerque
Rev. Jared Carson, Peace Lutheran Church (ELCA), Las Cruces
Fr. James Lehman, Holy Family American National Catholic Church, Las Cruces
Rev. Maxim Rice, United Methodist Church, retired, Albuquerque
Rabbi Larry Karol, Union for Reform Judaism, Las Cruces
Rev. LaVonne Johnson-Holt, Lutheran Church (ELCA), Roswell
Rev. Robert Williams, Presbyterian (U.S.A.), retired, Roswell
Rabbi Neil Amswych, Temple Beth Shalom, Santa Fe
Rev. Dean Lewis, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), retired, Medanales, NM
Rev. Kathryn Barlow Westmoreland, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Rio Rancho
Rev. Richard Stoops, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) retired, Albuquerque
Rev. Carl Boaz, Parish Associate, Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque
Rev. Judith Maynard, Metropolitan Community Church, Albuquerque
Rev. Richard Stafford, United Church of Christ, Angel Fire
Rev. Dr. Don Childers, First Christian Church, Santa Fe
Sylvia Ledesma, Ceremonial Leader, Traditional Healer, Kalpulli Izkalli
Rev. Linda Mervine, Disciples of Christ, retired, Las Cruces
Rev. Nancy J. Anderson, Minister Emerita, Unitarian Universalist Church, Las Cruces
Rev. Harvey Daiho Hilbert Roshi, Abbot Emeritus of the Order of the Clear Zen Mind, retired, Las Cruces
Rev. Dr. Stephen J. Miller, Disciples of Christ, retired, Albuquerque
Rev. Amy Pospichal, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Tucumcari
Fr. Francis Quintana, Blessed Oscar Romero Catholic Community, Albuquerque
Rev. Dr. Leona Stucky-Abbott, D.Min., AAPC Diplomate, LPCC, Santa Fe
Rev. Lorelei Kay, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Gallup
Rev. Andrew Groves, Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living
Rev. Vangie Chavez, Rising Sun Christian Community, Albuquerque
Rev. Patrick Crocker, Disciples of Christ, Las Cruces
Rev. Carolyn Brown, Unitarian Universalist, retired, Albuquerque
Rev. Gail Lindsey Marriner, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe
Rev. H. Blaine Wimberly, Zia United Methodist Church, Santa Fe NM
Rev. John Cullinan, pastor, Unitarian Church of Los Alamos
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